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Hi, I was looking into a 30gal plastic storage container for RO but had a couple of questions.

1: does the plastic need to be food grade or can I say use a plastic garbage can.

2: while the water is sitting in the container, do I need an air stone or power head?

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Get a brute garbage can from lowes or what ever is local they are food grade and will only run you like $30
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They are sturdy as heck as well. I put a circulation pump in the bottom and it has worked out great. Coupled with the auto-shutoff on the RO unit, slick little setup.


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Also, if you think you ever might need to move it, they do make a roller wheel attachment that fit them (made by Rubbermaid who makes the Brute) and they work really well. Not the cheapest thing by any means, but I do have to say, it has been handy when I've wanted to roll it around. I got the red wheeled "non-marking wheel" version from a janitorial supply store. Anyway, if you don't need to move it around, don't sweat it, but if you do, I can say the roller attachment has been a good investment for me.
 

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Also, if you think you ever might need to move it, they do make a roller wheel attachment that fit them (made by Rubbermaid who makes the Brute) and they work really well. Not the cheapest thing by any means, but I do have to say, it has been handy when I've wanted to roll it around. I got the red wheeled "non-marking wheel" version from a janitorial supply store. Anyway, if you don't need to move it around, don't sweat it, but if you do, I can say the roller attachment has been a good investment for me.
Yes great for when you have to move a tank

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Also, if you think you ever might need to move it, they do make a roller wheel attachment that fit them (made by Rubbermaid who makes the Brute) and they work really well. Not the cheapest thing by any means, but I do have to say, it has been handy when I've wanted to roll it around. I got the red wheeled "non-marking wheel" version from a janitorial supply store. Anyway, if you don't need to move it around, don't sweat it, but if you do, I can say the roller attachment has been a good investment for me.
Good timing: I was actually just about to post a thread asking if anyone had experience with those wheel adaptors!

Is the red-wheeled version rated for more weight than the one available at Lowes? I was just looking at the Lowes one and it's only rated for 205 lbs, which is less than even 28 gal Brute can (the square one), much less the more common 32 gal round one.
 

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Good timing: I was actually just about to post a thread asking if anyone had experience with those wheel adaptors!

Is the red-wheeled version rated for more weight than the one available at Lowes? I was just looking at the Lowes one and it's only rated for 205 lbs, which is less than even 28 gal Brute can (the square one), much less the more common 32 gal round one.
Says it is rated for 250 pounds on the quiet (red wheel) model. Figuring 8 lbs per gallon, that'd take you up to the 32 gallon size. I've never had issue with mine, but I probably have been under the 250 max. I'm sure I've been over 200 without any issues, though.
 

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In a lot of locations you can get a food grade 55 gallon barrel for $10-$20 on Craigslist. Around me they sell for $15 and it's a good buy, considering at lowes the cheapest food grade container is a brute trash can and it only holds 32 gallons and I believe they are around $35. I am using a Brute trash can currently but will be upgrading to two 55 gallon barrels soon so I can have enough water on hand to do water changes in all my aquariums in one day.

 

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Why would they put toxic material in food grade containers? There are cheaper containers that aren't food grade. I use 2x55g food grade barrels like the blue one above for my RO.
 

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Why would they put toxic material in food grade containers? There are cheaper containers that aren't food grade. I use 2x55g food grade barrels like the blue one above for my RO.
Maybe there is a difference in containers somehow? I used to work at Uhaul and many toxic chems came in 55g drums that were used on the trucks.
 

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In a lot of locations you can get a food grade 55 gallon barrel for $10-$20 on Craigslist. Around me they sell for $15 and it's a good buy, considering at lowes the cheapest food grade container is a brute trash can and it only holds 32 gallons and I believe they are around $35. I am using a Brute trash can currently but will be upgrading to two 55 gallon barrels soon so I can have enough water on hand to do water changes in all my aquariums in one day.
You are lucky, the used barrels are listed a lot higher here. You'd think they'd be cheaper for a presumably plentiful (waste) product.
Sellers do usually state that they are food grade and what was previously used in them, but in my mind, you can not be sure if anything else was ever put in them.
 

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Plastic food grade or not leeches into the water or food. Face it, plastic is horrible and ruining the earth and poisoning everyone. It's best to use glass or stainless steel for your own consumption. Food grade sure its fine for your fish if you need to make large volumes of water. I don't use plastic brita pitchers, water jug dispensers in my home, or ever buy bottled water in plastic anymore. It's extremely difficult. I bought glass jugs for my RO that are made for fermenting beer etc. Unfortunately they only go up to around 6 gallons or so.

There is a doc. on Netflix called, "tapped" you guys should check it out. It's about the bottle water industry. One of the things it covers are independent studies on food packaging that uses plastic. Such as water bottles and how toxic they really are. Wether it's heated in your trunk or not they are leeching into our water and killing us slowly. The scary part is that the FDA regulates this poorly since these large companies drive our economy. The scientist doing the safety studies about keeping water or other beverages in plastic containers are conducted by scientist employees of the beverage companies. The FDA takes their word as truth and its a a total conflict of interest. Corruption at its best. Sorry to hijack, but this topic of plastic barrels made me think of it.
 
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